Do you feel safe in your neighborhood? Have you ever experienced or witnessed family violence? Were you bullied by a peer or classmate? Did you ever live in a home where there was not enough money for food?
All of these are examples of adversities that affect us in one way or another. Recent research has revealed a strong relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and conditions such as heart disease, smoking rates, depression.
ACES survey details:
- Completely anonymous
- For those 18+
- Residents of Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Ray counties in Missouri; Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, Wyandotte counties in Kansas
Resilient KC would like to understand the prevalence of ACEs on the community’s overall health in the Kansas City region. A new survey was launched in July to help the Kansas City community work on becoming more aware of the impact of trauma on the people who live here but also learning more about yourself.
All information is anonymous. Anyone 18 years and older who live in the bi-state nine county Kansas City region can participate (Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte and Ray in Missouri and Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas).
The project is sponsored by Trauma Matters KC and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Kansas City is one of 14 funded sites in the country participating in this national initiative called Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities (MARC). The University of Missouri Kansas City – Institute for Human Development is conducting the evaluation.
The survey asks questions about events that happened during childhood and will allow Resilient KC to better understand problems that may occur early in life and what strengths or resiliency skills helped in coping with tough situations and trauma.
Resilience is developed early in childhood and continues throughout our lifetime. Like weights on a scale, where we live and what we experience can tip the scale. Positive experiences, such as supportive relationships, education, and physical, emotional and social nourishment, tip the scale toward positive outcomes. Negative experiences, such as trauma, loss, poverty, abuse, and violence, tip the scale toward negative outcomes. Resilience occurs when the scale remains tipped toward the positive outcomes even through adversity.
This survey can help us determine where we can work to tip the scale. It’s never too late to add positive experiences. And it’s important that we reduce exposure to negative events whenever possible and evaluate the impact of the root factors that create vulnerabilities in neighborhoods and communities.